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11–15 May
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia

Breaking the Silence

Welcome to IDAHOBIT celebrations at Monash University. This year’s theme is Breaking the Silence. It reminds us that, while LGBTIQ issues have been more visible in recent years, there are still many within these communities that don’t have a platform and whose voices are not heard.

Let’s stand in solidarity for those who are less visible. Let’s make noise for those who can’t speak up. Let’s tackle the crucial issues and break down shame and stigma. This week, we’ll come together (virtually) and share stories, learn, teach and celebrate the LGBTIQ communities in all of their diversity.

We invite all to take part, including the LGBTIQ communities and allies alike.

For more information on IDAHOBIT, visit Minus18.

Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is a day where we publicly state that we stand always with our LGBTIQ colleagues, family, and friends. It is part of our commitment to ending discrimination.

This year’s theme, Breaking the Silence, couldn’t be more apt, as we go through these unprecedented times. Our outside world today may be quiet and distant, but our virtual world is buzzing with the sound of community.

As Monash’s LGBTIQ executive sponsor, I urge you to join me in supporting our LGBTIQ community. Let’s come together virtually to speak up for those who can’t, share stories and learn from others, and celebrate our diversity. Together, we’ll continue achieving inclusion and equality for all in our community, and contribute to breaking the silence.

Professor Susan Elliott
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)

Professor Susan Elliott


  • Transgender Awareness

    Day: Monday 11 May
    Time: 1–2pm
    Students and staff

    Delivered by Transgender Victoria, this webinar provides an introduction to gender diversity, identity and expression. Get tips on working and learning inclusively with transgender and gender diverse people and on how to be an active and effective ally!

  • This is me

    Day: Tuesday 12 May
    Time: 10am – 5pm
    Students and staff

    MONSU Caulfield is celebrating the voice and visibility of the Queer Community through their "This Is Me" campaign. Visit our website to meet some of the friendly faces at Monash and read about their experiences as members of the queer community. This is part of an ongoing initiative, where students get to share their stories: #ThisIsMe.

  • Queer Fest

    Day: Wednesday 13 May
    Time: 1–2pm
    Students and staff

    Join us for a celebration of queer performance and culture. The festival will feature an hour of live performance through Zoom, including drag, circus acts, spoken word and more.

  • MRS IDAHOBIT Movie Screening

    Day: Wednesday 13 May
    Time: 7–9pm
    Students and staff

    Along with MRS D&I, MRS Queer is hosting a screening of the Queer film The half of it. The link to the Netflix watch party will be posted in the Facebook group Rainbow Res. This Facebook group is open to all Queer and Questioning students and staff living at MRS.

  • Ally Training

    Day: Thursday 14 May
    Time: 10am – 1pm

    Delivered by Pride in Diversity, this webinar will help staff understand the LGBTIQ community and learn how to be effective allies.The session will cover the concepts of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and make you aware of the unique challenges that may be faced by LGBTIQ students and staff.

  • IDAHOBIT from Home

    Day: Thursday 14 May
    Time: 3–4pm
    Students and staff

    Zoom in for a Kahoot quiz with the Peninsula Queer Crew (voucher prizes for the winner!) from the comfort of your own home. Bring your pet, a cup of tea, a funny hat, or whatever you like to celebrate in your own way.

  • MQD Trivia Night

    Day: Friday 15 May
    Time: 6–8pm

    The MSA Queer Department is holding a virtual Trivia Night through Zoom, with “breakout rooms” to facilitate discussion between “tables” (teams). There will be numerous prizes, so it should be a great time for all! More details to come.

  • MPSU IDAHOBIT Movie Night

    Day: Sunday 17 May
    Time: 7–9pm

    Join MPSU for a screening of The Half of It through Netflix Party.

  • PPA IDAHOBIT Virtual Support Board

    Day: 13–17 May

    To show our support, Parkville Postgraduate Association (PPA) will be creating a “virtual support wall” on their Facebook page, filled with messages of support from students. The virtual support wall will be updated daily for the duration of the week to show our continued support and solidarity with LGBTIQ students.

  • MPSU Virtual IDAHOBIT Art Project

    Day: All week

    MPSU has created a collaborative project where you just need to take one minute to pick your favourite colour and put in a word, sentence or quote to break the silence. All responses will be combined at the end of the week into a piece of art.

Get involved

There are so many ways you can get involved in the celebration. Here are just a few:

Contact us

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Call: 9905 9499